Defense Ministry workers began disassembling illegally constructed buildings in the Givat Ulpana outpost in the West Bank settlement of Beit El on Monday. The houses are set to be transported and rebuilt in an alternative location in the settlement.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the costly project will blunt some of the pain for the evacuated families.

The buildings, which a court ruled must be torn down because they were built on privately owned Palestinian land, were slated for demolition by July 1. The deadline was later extended to November 15.

The families were moved into temporary pre-fab “caravillas” on military land nearby, until their new homes within Beit El are ready.